The new District 35 is the product of the controversial Congressional redistricting, and runs along an 80-mile stretch from Austin to San Antonio.
It looks like a barbell to some, but for Republican Mayor Susan Narvaiz and Democrat Rep. Lloyd Doggett, they hope it looks like home for the next four years.
Narvaiz is a three term mayor for the city of San Marcos. Her website outlines a platform of constitutional beliefs, support of veterans and reduced congressional spending.
But she feels her real attributes come from her strength in local government.
“You live with the people you serve every day. You are affected by the rules you make. Any changes that you make. You know the burdens and the challenges of the everyday lives every day, so I’m in the real world,” she explained.
For Doggett, this campaign has been an opportunity to bring his veteran service in congress farther south.
He has represented parts of Austin in Congress since 1994. The new district map has required him to shift southward.
“So many of the concerns, like education, job growth, and ensuring the protection of Medicare and social security are really the same along this 80 mile stretch of district,” he said.
Both candidates have been spending more time in Bexar County, hoping to educate voters who may be unfamiliar with their past service or current views.
Narvaiz, while a resident of San Marcus, actually grew up in San Antonio.
“My husband and I live right in the middle, so I’m really closest to the issues of the people who live in this district, and feel I can best represent us,” she explained.
Doggett says what the district will be missing in Washington this term, is seniority.
“With the departure of Congressman Gonzalez and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, we really need a little seniority in Washington, and I hope to bring that working with the new members of San Antonio to see that this community has the sort of effective representation that it needs," he said.